January 17, 2020 Subject:
Was is just fantasy
This year the next show after Red Rocks was a jump all the way to Canada (the Toronto amusement park), so I don't think many of us continued touring. Not that it frustrated; even with the rain these were a satiating three days - especially after this hot show. The first set was short, sweet, and quite uptempo (so maybe they thought it was longer - coke will do that). The second set was one of those thrilling X factor sets in person. On tape much of this comes through, it's just that the mix is poor on the sources, many of which are sans Phil. The show is known for a whopper Iko and the first Dear Mr. Fantasy.
First Set. Out t'gate with pre-warmed Jer on a mountain of an Iko. "Spotted dog", and the last solo is fantastic. The Cassidy is likewise well-regarded; I've always had a liking for this one. Roses is solid, and though you get some Bobby Slide Practice™ in Minglewood (Denver fillies/T in Red Rocks), when Jer was ON in '84 he was ON. Look past the poor mix - it was poor front-of-house. If you like 'em uptempo, this is the Brown Eyed Women for you (again with the funky mix keeping the set from achieving platinum). It was thrilling the way Jer and Bobby worked together on Jack Straw in '84, and here Jer's fret perusal puts it over the top. '84 was also the peak year for Day Job.
Second Set. A continuous set. The Shakedown settles in and develops, riding through a few fantastic moments. With a long segue in, Playin' boots all brands of butt (you might hear Phil better on the AUD). Always better uptempo, it's tight, with a fine jam section ... until Jer tries for China Doll, but ... Brent wrenches into the first-ever Fantasy. It's a magical moment - the spontaneous pick up by the band and an excited Jer are cool. However, apparently covering Traffic hadn't been rehearsed, so it's a bit rough. Space has a long-ass pull back into PitB and the rest is average '84, though the tempo of this show (and run) helps Black Peter. Since it was Flag Day, US Blues is a natch. Bobby says,"on this date in 1877", though actually it was in 1777 - and it's pretty funny that he would think the Revolutionary War was in 1877. The 14th was the date that congress passed a resolution for the Navy to adopt a standard pattern, due to confusion and competing designs (wait, hold fire - is that us or a Union Jack?). But before the internet you believed whatever people said, and people walked around full of bullshit facts [though this revolution hasn't edified certain news channel viewers].
1st Set: B+ 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¾ stars
Iko Iko - whopper out t'gate...
Cassidy - ...inspires Bobby
Shakedown Street - several super sections
Playing in the Band - feel-their-way-in plus quick pace into nice jam
SOURCES: Finally a cleaner, pitch-corrected SBD (139553_sbd_pcm_miller) after so many years of poor sources. The beyerm88_holbrook is the best AUD (and apparently didn't circulate BITD?), so maybe a matrix is forthcoming.
January 10, 2018 Subject:
Band was tight for the most part, worth a spin.
Highlights: Dear Mr. Fantasy, Space, Playing Reprise